Denver, Colo. (November 18, 2006) – Freshman forward Jordan Prais (Lakeland, Fla.) scored a career-high 16 points, but the Saint Leo men’s basketball team fell 85-60 to Metro State University on Saturday in the final game of the 2006 Metro State Tip Off Classic.

Four Metro State players scored in double figures, led by Michael Bahl’s career-high 26 points.

Prais came off the bench and was 4-of-6 from the floor, while going 8-of-10 from the free throw line.  Richard Blue (Sr., Miami, Fla.) also scored in double figures, as he netted 10 points on the night.

However, Bahl was the story as he made eight three pointers, including seven in the first half.  All seven of his first half buckets were treys.  He also pulled down four rebounds and had four steals in 35 minutes.

Saint Leo scored six of the game’s first nine points but Metro State went on a 16-6 run to take a 19-12 advantage.  The Roadrunners held a 29-19 lead before the Lions closed to within seven points, 37-30, at the half.

In the second half the rest of the Roadrunners got involved in the offense, shooting 55.2 percent (16-for-29) for the half as 13 players saw action.  The team shot 16-for-18 from the free-throw line after converting just over 50 percent at the charity stripe last night.  Metro State continued to extend the lead, first to 12 points in the first four minutes, and up to 27 points, 81-54, with less than two minutes remaining.

The Lions return to Florida this week and will travel to St. Augustine on Wednesday to face Flagler College at 7:00 p.m.